Joseph Harroz

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The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University both announced changes on Tuesday to their academic calendars in an effort to avoid another possible surge in COVID-19 cases due to student travel.

Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

On Saturday, the University of Oklahoma removed the interim tag from Joseph Harroz’s title and named him the school's 15th President. Harroz has served as the interim president for nearly a year, following James Gallogly's resignation in 2019.

The day before, Harroz updated the OU Board of Regents on the health and financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harroz said new freshmen committing to go to college is down two to three percent. And retention rates of students already at the university is also down five to six percent.